Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Though Serena Williams commands the tennis court with ease when she plays, life-threatening complications following the birth of her daughter sidelined her for six weeks. Williams tells the story of her medical ordeal in the latest issue of Vogue, published Wednesday. After an easy pregnancy, things turned precarious…

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With IVF, Are Fresh or Frozen Embryos Better?

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The chances of having a baby after in vitro fertilization (IVF) are similar for most women whether frozen or fresh embryos are used, a new study finds. In a group of infertile women with normal ovulation, rates of live birth were nearly 49 percent in those who received…

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Can Deportation Fears Hurt the Heart?

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The threat of deportation may take a toll on the hearts of California’s female farm workers, a new study finds. Researchers evaluated data from 2012 to 2014 on nearly 550 women in California’s Salinas Valley, an area with a large Hispanic immigrant community. Nearly half said they worried…

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Tamper-Resistant Opioids May Not Ease Addiction Crisis: Study

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Tamper-resistant opioid pills — one attempt to curb prescription painkiller abuse — aren’t stopping overuse and overdosing, at least in Australia, new research shows. “This formulation was developed with the specific aim of reducing tampering, targeting behaviors such as injection or snorting,” said the study’s lead author, Briony…

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'Bone Cement': A Non-Surgical Option for Painful Joints?

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Injecting a calcium-based cement into the bones of some people with knee or hip pain could help them avoid joint replacement surgery, Ohio State University doctors say. The calcium phosphate cement flows into the spongy inside portion of the bone, filling in microfractures and other damaged areas, and…

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Mediterranean Diet a Recipe for Strength in Old Age

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A Mediterranean diet may make seniors less likely to become frail and help them maintain their health and independence, new research suggests. Frailty — characterized by weak muscle strength, weight loss and low energy — is common among seniors. Frail seniors are at increased risk for falls, fractures,…

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Be Sure to Read Labels for Portion, Calorie Control

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — “Nutrition Facts” labels mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have made it easier to know more about what’s inside packaged foods. But the information isn’t always easy to decipher, especially since the “daily value” percentages are based on a maintenance diet, not a weight-loss one. Start…

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Those With 'Obesity Genes' May Gain Most From Healthy Eating

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Though healthy eating is good for everyone, those who have genes that put them at high risk for obesity might benefit the most. A new study suggests that even those who carry an inherited predisposition to pack on excess pounds are not destined to become obese. In fact,…

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Study Gets to the Core of Back Pain in Runners

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The onset of back pain among runners may stem from a general weakness in their deep core muscles, new research indicates. Such deep muscles are located well below the more superficial muscles typified by the classic six-pack abs of fitness magazine fame, the researchers noted. Using computer simulations,…

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Astronauts May Get Space Fever

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Weightlessness apparently causes astronauts’ body temperatures to run a little hot while in space, a new study reports. The researchers used forehead sensors to monitor the core body temperature of astronauts on the International Space Station. Measurements were taken before, during and after their venture. When at rest…

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Dolphins Beat Humans, Chimps at …

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the brightest mammal of them all? Using mirror images, researchers found that bottlenose dolphins show signs of self-awareness earlier in life than humans and chimpanzees. Recognizing oneself in a mirror is an indicator of self-awareness. This capacity has been identified only in…

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Surgery or Antibiotics for Appendicitis? Here's What Patients Chose

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even though appendicitis often resolves with the use of antibiotics, the overwhelming majority of Americans would opt for surgery instead, a new survey finds. Only about one in every 10 adults surveyed in the new study said they’d use antibiotics to ease an inflamed appendix, according to a…

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